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Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Address: 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Phone Number: (904) 823-4500
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Description: The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM...
The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve) is dedicated to the conservation of natural biodiversity and cultural resources through research and monitoring to guide science-based stewardship and education strategies. The GTM Research Reserve was formed through a collaboration of Florida's Department of Environmental Protection and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It covers 74,000 acres of coastal lands in northeast Florida from Ponte Vedra Beach to Palm Coast. The GTM Research Reserve is part of a national system of research reserves that focus on research, education and stewardship. The GTM Research Reserve has a 21,000 square foot Environmental Education Center which includes interpretive exhibits, aquariums, classrooms, teaching and working laboratories, an auditorium and an outdoor amphitheater overlooking the Guana River Aquatic Preserve. Education staff offer programming for all ages on the importance of estuarine ecosystems. A Coastal Training Program offers training for professionals on issues of concern in our local community including watershed, invasive plants and much more.
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There is a small charge and you are in the woods and marsh. Dress and lather up accordingly

It is a nice outing in the woods and marsh; with all of the good and all of the not so good. If you are not an outdoorsy type, go somewhere else. Plenty to see and you feel like... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

It is a nice outing in the woods and marsh; with all of the good and all of the not so good. If you are not an outdoorsy type, go somewhere else. Plenty to see and you feel like you are removed from civilization for a while.

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Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We went for a long walk in the reserve for exercise. The scenery is beautiful and the many miles of trails are well maintained. We wish we had more time to explore further and intend to do so the next time we are in the area.

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Cincinnati, OH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

There are two parts: the Nature Learning Center and the Reserve itself. The reserve offers several hiking trails ($3 entrance fee) but be sure to take insect repellent as you are going into a "wild" area. The person at the Nature Learning Center said there was lots of wildlife but we saw only one turtle. Probably since there were quite... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

A brief 20 minute ride north of St. Augustine on A1A takes you to a nature treasure. The GTM Reserve offers opportunities for fishing, surfing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking, canoeing, bird watching and a fabulous education center. The education center ($2 charge) should be your first stop. If you're lucky you'll be just in time to see the once-a-week... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Wonderful spot for a hike or just a walk. Well marked trails are easy to navigate. I like to take binoculars to look for wildlife and birds in this lovely, natural setting. Always enjoy a visit to the Education Center

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This Center is very active in research about Estuarine fauna, flora, climate change, etc... There is a small museum, good for kids, with some interactive activities. Small nominal fee, I don't remember exactly but it may be $2 pp. Count 45' for a visit. Beyond the museum is the huge reserve on the Intracoastal waterway. To access the parking lot,... More 

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Ocean City, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I was looking for a place to run other than the beach or busy A1A. This is a natural habitat with well marked trails and plenty of options. Take your time, walk the dog or go for a run. Most trails have a natural canopy and are hard packed sand or pine needles. Easy to navigate. There is a $3... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

A wild armadillo smelled my sandal today...we were on a long walk (at least 2.5 miles on winding rough trails through The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve in Vilano Beach) I spotted the armadillo rooting in the leaf duff and slowly went closer. He actually come to me and smelled my sandal... then put his nose in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This nature reserve is about 5-6 miles north of St A on A1A Hwy. Admission is $3. Good parking. Fishing good. About 4 one to two mile loops of nature walks with the central yellow path taking you to the inner waterway. Good interpretive stops along the way. Bring tick repellent if you stray off the main path!

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Edwardsville, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

A great stop we came upon while out driving! It was $3.00 to get in and park. There were several trails to choose from. We sent on the 1 mile (yellow trail), which took us through the habitat on a very nice, wide trail, down to the river. Plenty of room for both walkers, joggers and bikers! It was a... More 

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